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Old May 3rd, 2008, 10:35 PM
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I read these tips on a site and found this one particularly interesting. Would make the airport check-in faster but you would have to deal with the return trip.


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Ship your luggage from home to the boat to avoid airport hassles, suggests All-Travel’s Eric Maryanov. Silversea and Seabourn use shippers like DHL and Federal Express; expect to fork over $500 plus per suitcase. “For shorter cruises it especially makes sense,” says Silversea spokesman Brad Ball. “Imagine arriving in Rome for a seven-day cruise and having your bag lost by the airlines. By the time your suitcase is found (if it is found), your cruise may be over and your vacation ruined.”

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for $500 I could buy my suitcase a seat on the plan and strap it in next to me...Seems kinda salty
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I agree it is spendy but I'm sure it depends on the weight and where you are shipping from.
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WOW! For $500 I could buy a new suitcase, and everything I normally take on a cruise.

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Here is a better tip on how to not lose your luggage.

Did you know that (if I recall the percentage correctly) about 90% of lost bags are bags that were checked-in curbside!

So take that extra few steps with your bag and check them in inside the airport! Reason being that most airlines contract out their curbside staff and it actually is not airline employees. They are the ones who usually expect a tip too so sometimes if your tip isn't what they think to be sufficient you may have some problems.

Personally I had no idea about that but read it in Fodor's 2008 Guide to Caribbean Cruising (worth every penny!).
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Update:

I went and found the fact right from the book because this number really worried me since I used to be a big fan of curbside check-in.

"A whopping 87% of lost or stolen luggage originates at those curbside stations"

Not worth the risk
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...“Imagine arriving in Rome for a seven-day cruise and having your bag lost by the airlines... [url]
Imagine having forked over $500 per bag to 'ensure' the arrival of your bags and they're still not there! For $1000, you could have bought clothes to wear on your cruise. FedEx and DHL lose things, too. Those cruise lines must be getting a piece of the $500 action.
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Sorry, I could buy some nicve cheap n cheerful fridge magets, key chains, and tacky souveneirs for that amount, and or spent five nights in the casino!!!!!!!

We used curbside check in once, but it was the airlines staff who took our bags, otherwise, I always go to the desk!
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This seems like another reason for everyone not to take so much STUFF on a cruise. I always tell my BW-lay out the clothes that you are taking - Then -
put half of them back in the dresser ! (Doesn't always work though !)
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$500 isn't reasonable for most folks (we're included!).

However for around $40 you can ship your bags (per bag of course) to the hotel if you're staying a night or two before your cruise.

We're thinking of doing this with our bags......and Mom's wheelchair (still in box!). We'll be traveling with 8 of us this summer and the less we have to deal with at the airport the better!
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When you check in whereever, make sure that the tag that goes on your bag is the correct one especially if the agents are busy.
Once my husband was on his way to China and the tags got mixed up wtih someone going to MN. He spotted that and had it changed!
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Actually, hate to disagree about the Fed Ex / DHL thing. Our company uses these two shippers for 100% of our stuff.

We ship radioactive isotopes everyday and parts for medical instruments among other things.

It's nearly 100% impossible to lose anything through them unless the Shipping Label physically comes off the box. It also has a packing slip which shows the final destination.

So I don't know what experience you had with them, but we don't have issues with them other than late deliveries which 98% of the time is due to Mother Nature.
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Actually, hate to disagree about the Fed Ex / DHL thing. Our company uses these two shippers for 100% of our stuff.

We ship radioactive isotopes everyday and parts for medical instruments among other things.

It's nearly 100% impossible to lose anything through them unless the Shipping Label physically comes off the box. It also has a packing slip which shows the final destination.

So I don't know what experience you had with them, but we don't have issues with them other than late deliveries which 98% of the time is due to Mother Nature.
Actually that did happen to one of my clients. Their envelope somehow never made it to me and disappered off the web track. I think the label came off. Anyway it was an Insurance and they replaced it.
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We ship radioactive isotopes everyday and parts for medical instruments among other things.
I've never had problems with FedEx, DHL, UPS etc but I think the opinions here are that its a lot of money to spend to ship cruise luggage. Radioactive isotopes is one thing, a bag full of Bermuda shorts and cruise wear is another thing

For $500 I could book another cruise!
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$500.00 was the amount mentioned in the article, does not mean that it what it is going to cost. just like anything else that is shipped it depends on how much it weighs where it is being shipped from. I went to fed-ex website and checked the rate chart. Shipping from where I live in South Dakota to Miami
zip code 33132 which is the zip code of the port of Miami a 50lbs package which is the weight limit for suitcases at the airport the cost if I'm doing it right would be $177.30. don't know about insuring them. DHL rate quote says $196.80 for a 50lbs package.
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